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Best of luck - Start at Caltech

  • 14 February 2018

Humboldt Fellow Dr. Zhiguang Wu leaves the group for Caltech and we wish him lots of success. He has already located the case that holds the micromotor that won Richard Feynman’s famous challenge.

Zhiguang Wu Peer Fischer


NSERC Postdoc Fellowship for Hasti Seifi

  • 09 February 2018

Dr. Hasti Seifi receives a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the country´s federal funding agency for university-based research and student training in natural sciences and engineering.

Hasti Seifi Linda Behringer Katherine Kuchenbecker


Millirobot with a talent for versatility of movement

  • 25 January 2018

A magnetic drive allows a tiny untethered vehicle to walk, crawl, jump and swim through a complex environment

Tiny robots need not fear obstacle courses in the future: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a minuscule, flexible robot that can master a variety of forms of movement. Its magnetic drive allows it to walk, crawl and roll through difficult terrain. Moreover, it can transport small loads and swim on and in liquids. In future, tiny robots moving in this way could transport medication specifically to where it is needed.

Wenqi Hu Guo Zhan Lum Massimo Mastrangeli Metin Sitti


Nature-inspired soft millirobot makes its way through enclosed spaces

  • 24 January 2018

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems invented a magnetically controlled soft robot only four millimeters in size, that can walk, crawl or roll through uneven terrain, carry cargo, climb onto the water surface, and even swim in it. The inspiration comes from soft-bodied beetle larvae and caterpillars, and even jellyfishes posed as biological models. One day, this small-scale robot may enable targeted drug delivery or minimally invasive surgery, the researchers hope. Its multiple locomotion capability in complex environments is so unique that science journal Nature will publish the researchers´ findings in its February edition.

Metin Sitti Linda Behringer Guo Zhan Lum Massimo Mastrangeli


The Question is Why

  • 19 December 2017

Algorithms learn a Sense of Fairness

Only if Artificial Intelligence interprets and applies fairness in the same way as humans do, will society accept it. That is why scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen look at the causal reasoning behind data – because it matters how data comes about. Only when self-learning machines satisfy our ethical and legal requirements will the public accept them as just and fair.

Niki Kilbertus Linda Behringer


Bernhard Schölkopf receives Leibniz Prize 2018

  • 14 December 2017

Germany's most prestigious research funding prize - €2.5 million each for outstanding research work

The latest recipients of Germany's most prestigious research funding prize have been announced. The Joint Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) chose ten researchers, three women and seven men, to receive the 2018 Leibniz Prize. The prizes will be awarded on 19th March 2018 in Berlin.

Bernhard Schölkopf Claudia Daefler


MPI-IS and Carnegie Mellon University form joint PhD Program

  • 14 December 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems together with the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, USA, initiate a joint PhD program starting in Spring 2018, aiming to strengthen the ties between these two leading research institutions in the field of Intelligent Systems. Already there is a strong collaboration between the MPI-IS and the CMU, as Dr. Metin Sitti, who initiated the partnership, is both a Director at the MPI-IS and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CMU.

Metin Sitti Linda Behringer


Bernhard Schölkopf elected ACM Fellow (2017)

  • 11 December 2017

for his contributions to the theory and practice of machine learning

ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

Bernhard Schölkopf


Feeling the Virtual World

  • 11 December 2017

Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker on the Future of Haptics

Katherine Kuchenbecker


Artificial Intelligence to the rescue in finishing off Fake News

  • 27 November 2017

An algorithm jointly developed by researchers of the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and for Software Systems in Kaiserslautern promises to optimize which doubtful news stories to send for fact checking and when to do so, helping to prevent fake news from spreading on Social Media.

Manuel Gomez Rodriguez Linda Behringer